Friday, November 14, 2014

Playing Saint by Zachary Bartels

Here is another entry into the Christian suspense genre. It concerns good and evil in the world told as a murder story. The mystery genre is a good vehicle to talk about good and evil as there can be bad people and good people portrayed in standard garb.
The elements are here. A couple of victims, a sleuth, a detective, and a criminal.  This being in the suspense motif we early on know who did it and just are waiting for the revealing to others of the perpetrator. There is a twist in this story handled artfully. It is a satisfying and unexpected.
 What I will say is Bartels uses one of Agatha Christie’s plot twists  and handles it well. I will not give a spoiler.
Sometimes evil uses good to achieve its goal. Under the surface things are different than appearances.
The main character is a pastor. He is a popular preacher but not firm in his theology. He is called in to help locate the killer who is leaving satanic signs on his victims. His adventure leads him to the pit of evil and challenges his application of his training.
Before the end comes he will confront evil in a way that is life threatening.
I understand this is Bartels’ first novel and I can see many more in the future should he choose to continue as an author.
This book was sent to me free from for the purpose of reviewing and placement on my book blog. The views expressed are those of the reviewer and not the publisher.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

How To Kill a Unicorn by Mark Payne

It is a completely different world—that of an innovator. But someone has to do it. And it is easy to get stuck and not forward moving. 
 A whole new set of thoughts and perceptions have to be considered to move ahead. To be inventive one must see more than what is visible. One must also consider future needs and ways to address them while at the same time not losing perspective.
A whole company has grown up to meet the need of casting vision. One must deal in reality while moving the idea made product to market. There are questions to ask and solutions to be implemented.
 Payne presents in this book the idea innovation carries risk. It is possible to create impossible solutions. These are what the book refers to as unicorns. He starts with the innovation Samsung underwent and moves into how innovation turned plan water into the Vitamin Water craze we are in today.
But not every idea takes off. This is where the risk is.
Payne introduces us to a group called Fahrenheit 212 – 212 degrees Fahrenheit being the temperature at which water boils. That may be the inference of the company title.This book should be read by everyone interested in innovation.
 This book was sent free from Blogging for for the purpose of reviewing. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions expressed are those of the reviewer and not of the publisher or the Blogging for Books site.